Wind farms are a green alternative to conventional electricity generation and contribute to a cleaner environment.
By 2030, greenhouse gas emissions for BC are projected to grow 32% above 2014 levels. Over 80% of this increase will be made up by the oil and gas sector.
At 30MW, the Okanagan Wind facilities will reduce BC’s greenhouse gas emissions by 60,000 tonnes a year – the equivalent of taking 12,000 cars off the road.
The facilities will make an important contribution to achieving British Columbia’s renewable energy goal of generating at least 93% of electricity in the province from clean or renewable resources.
Unlike thermal sources of electricity production, such as coal or nuclear power, wind turbines generate electricity without consuming or contaminating fresh water, or depleting natural resources. The Okanagan Wind facilities will reduce BC’s water consumption by 96 million litres a year – the equivalent volume of 32 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Below, see the construction of the Pennask substation. The substation will be the connection point between the wind turbine and the BC Hydro grid. It is what allows the electricity generated by the wind turbines to be used in everyday life: the Okanagan Wind turbines will generate enough to power the equivalent of approximately 9,000 homes.